The National Democratic Movement (NDM) welcomes and commends the remarks made by the British Secretary of State for International Development, Rt. Hon. Priti Patel on 12th April, in which she described the atrocities committed against innocent civilians in South Sudan as crimes amounting to a genocide.
These remarks come at a time when the dictatorial and genocidal regime of President Kiir has escalated its scotched-earth policy of burning villages and killing of other nationalities across the country based purely on their ethnicity, particularly in Upper Nile, Equatoria and recently in Wau town, Western Bahr el Ghazal.
The Juba regime has sadly decided to condemn large portion of South Sudanese population to death through starvation by adopting the policy of using food as a weapon of war.
On numerous occasions the dictatorial and genocidal regime of Kiir has impeded and blocked the delivery of the much needed humanitarian assistance reaching their intended destinations in the famine affected areas.
The National Democratic Movement (NDM) believes these actions amount to crimes against humanity and the regime must be held accountable for the death of civilians resulting from such inhuman policies.
We also call upon the international community especially, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) African Union (AU) IGAD and Torika to come up with a robust action plan of preventing the government of South Sudan from committing further genocide against innocent civilians.
The regional and sub-regional organizations have been silent in condemning or taking tangible
actions against the dictatorial and genocidal regime in Juba.
It is time to stand with the innocent children, women and elderly being killed on daily basis by their own regime because of their tribal affiliations.
As much as we acknowledge the notion that African problems need African solutions, nevertheless, we are disappointed that IGAD has not lived up to the expectations of South Sudan
people, in condemning the continuous government’s atrocities which have now reached unprecedented level of genocide.
How long will the region bury its head in the sand while innocent south Sudanese are perishing at the hands of their own government?
The bold determination of the U.K. that the situation in South Sudan amounts to genocide confirms the fear expressed earlier by the UN SG’s Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide and must be taken seriously.
We appeal to all countries to break silence and follow their conscience as the U.K. has done.
THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT (NDM);
Long live the struggle of our People
Long live South Sudan
A luta continua
Amb. Emmanuel Aban
For/ the Spokesman,
The National Democratic Movement (NDM)